Operation Equinox: Kearny Police Detective John Fabula leads 18-month investigation to take down car


Kearny Police Chief George King has released the following information:

On November 30, 2018, the Kearny Police Department arrested seven individuals in connection

with a cargo theft network following a lengthy investigation into thefts from multiple Kearny

trucking yards. An eighth individual was arrested on December 6, 2018.

The investigation was initiated by the Kearny Police Department and the New Jersey

State Police 18-months ago. Since that time, there have been approximately 15 thefts of tractor

trailer containers from Kearny trucking yards.

The stolen merchandise included food items, cosmetics, chemicals, tires, linen, clothing and

liquor with an approximate total retail value of more than $4,000,000. The stolen merchandise

was housed in warehouses in Linden, North Bergen and Clifton subsequent to the thefts.

The following is a list of the individuals who were arrested, as well as their charges:

Douglas Abarca, age 40, of Jersey City, has been charged with Leader of a Cargo Theft Network

in violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-2.4, four counts of Theft in violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-3; and

four counts of Conspiracy to Commit Theft in violation of N.J.S. 2C:5-2 and 20-3.

Omar Ortiz, age 37, of Jersey City, has been charged with three counts of Theft in violation of

N.J.S. 2C:20-3; and three counts of Conspiracy to Commit Theft in violation of N.J.S.

2C:5-2 and 20-3.

Christopher Williams, age 38, of Jersey City, has been charged with two counts of Theft in

violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-3; and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Theft in violation

of N.J.S. 2C:5-2 and 20-3.

David Soliman, age 32, of Jersey City, has been charged with one count of Theft in violation of

N.J.S. 2C:20-3; and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Theft in violation of N.J.S.

2C:5-2 and 20-3.

Jesus Navarro, age 31, of Jersey City, has been charged with one count of Theft in violation of

N.J.S. 2C:20-3 and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Theft in violation of N.J.S.

2C:5-2 and 20-3.

Nelson Pena-Restituyo, age 52, of Union City, has been charged with one count of Theft in

violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-3 and one count of Burglary in violation of N.J.S. 2C:18-2.

Sami Khales, age 26, of Palisades Park, has been charged with one count of Conspiracy to

Commit Theft in violation of N.J.S. 2C:5-2 and 20-3, two counts of Receiving Stolen

Property in violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-7; and three counts of Fencing in violation of N.J.S.

2C:20-7.1.

Juan Salazar, age 40, of Elizabeth, who was arrested on December 6, 2018, has been charged

with three counts of Theft in violation of N.J.S. 2C:20-3; and three counts of Conspiracy

to Commit Theft in violation of N.J.S. 2C:5-2 and 20-3.

During the 18-month investigation, law enforcement officers recovered various amounts of the

stolen merchandise including 36 pallets of Hershey Syrup with an approximate wholesale value

of $120,000, a shipment of clothing with an approximate wholesale value of $300,000 and a

shipment of waffle sandwiches with an approximate wholesale value of $40,000.

Kearny Police Chief George King credited members of the Kearny Police Department and the

Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit with the arrests, stating “These

arrests are the culmination of an intensive investigation spanning multiple law enforcement

agencies. I am extremely proud of the work done by members of the Kearny Police Department

Detective Bureau and their collaboration with County, State, and Federal agencies to bring this to

a successful conclusion.” Chief King also credited members of the New Jersey State Police, the

United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Real Time

Crime Center with their assistance in the investigation.

The Kearny Police Department continues to actively investigate these cases. Anyone with

information is asked to contact the Kearny Police Department at 201-998-1313 or

tips@kearnynjpd.org. All information will be kept confidential.

The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until

proven guilty. R.P.C. 3.6(b)(6).

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External photo and news credits to Barbara Goldberg, The Observer, nj.com, News12 NJ, and RLS Media.